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How does wildlife respond when forest management helps to reduce wildfire risk?

Stanislaus National Forest hosts Rim Fire restoration events

The Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit is evaluating rivers that may be eligible for inclusion in the National Wild and Scenic River system and encourages public comment as part of the evaluation process.

Effective Friday, April 5, 2013, a visitor use permit is required to visit the Cedar Creek Falls Visitor Use Permit Area on the Cleveland National Forest.

The Angeles National Forest is hosting the 2nd Annual Chaparral Workshop at the Training Center at the Supervisor's Office in Arcadia, CA from June 8th-10, 2015.

Learn more about Sierra Nevada Watersheds

Permits for the 2015 spring mushroom harvesting season on the Goosenest and Happy Camp/Oak Knoll Ranger Districts are now available.

Please check Incident Information System Web Site (InciWeb) for the most up-to-date information about wildfires burning across the region.

The Stanislaus National Forest, in partnership with 3 Forests Interpretive Association, announces the opening of the application process for the 2015 Artist in the Woods program from February 1 - April 15.

The Inyo, Sequoia, and Sierra National Forests are revising their land and resource management plans (forest plans). Scoping documents are available at:

Regionwide listing of Ecological Restoration projects

Be aware that firewood can harbor insects and diseases that threaten California's valuable forest resources. Transporting firewood can move these pests to new locations.

Forest Service issues final policy for over-snow vehicles on national forests, grasslands

Here are some tips to keep you safe in the woods.

It's good to get outdoors: Discover the Forest!

Special publications

Ecological Restoration Implementation Plan

Cover image for Ecological Restoration Implementation Plan.

In March 2011 the Pacific Southwest Region of the US Forest Service released a statement of its Leadership Intent for Ecological Restoration, which laid out the Region's guiding vision and goals for its stewardship of wildland and forests for the next 15-20 years. This plan reflects the Regional leadership's current thinking on how the Leadership Intent will be implemented.

Ecological Restoration and Our Partners

Alliances and Partnerships supporting restoration projects will assist us and secure our Forests for future generations. In building California resiliency, we will need to increase the amount of acres restored from 200,000 to about 500,000 a year. With Partner assistance we can truly manage and protect these invaluable Forest resources.

2014 Spotlight Articles

A collection of all articles from last year can be downloaded in these formats for viewing in various devices:


Northwest Forest Plan Listening Sessions

We Hear You.

The Pacific Northwest (OR, WA) and Pacific Southwest (CA) Regions of the U.S. Forest Service are beginning a public conversation on the process for revising forest land management plans in the Northwest Forest Plan amendment area.

To gather ideas on the revision process, the Forest Service recently held a series of public listening sessions in Portland, OR, Seattle, WA; and Redding, CA.

Recent News


Climate Change in the Pacific Southwest Region

Climate Change

Responding to the challenges presented by climate change is one of the most urgent tasks facing the Forest Service. "Climate change is the biggest conservation challenge facing the Forest Service in the 21st century and contributing to global efforts that help forests mitigate and adapt to climate change is a priority for the Forest Service in California."

Ecological Restoration: Engaging Partners in an All Lands Approach

Ecological Restoration: Pacific Southwest Region

Our goal is to retain and restore ecological resilience of the National Forest lands to achieve sustainable ecosystems that provide a broad range of services to humans and other organisms. This goal is based on a commitment to land and resource management that is infused by the principles of Ecological Restoration and driven by policies and practices that are dedicated to make land and water ecosystems more sustainable, more resilient, and healthier.


Eldorado NF completes aerial mulching on King Fire

Helicopter flying over burned forest dropping and spreading mulch

The Eldorado NF recently completed an aerial mulching project on portions of the 2014 King Fire. The goal of these projects is soil stabilization.

Pacific Southwest Region Supports Biomass Power Plants - Seek New Project

Biomass truck being loaded by conveyor

Have you ever wondered where those trucks full of chips and logs are going? They are probably headed to... 


Region 5 Helps Map a New “Geography of Hope”

Photo of beach and cliffs

An impressive list of speakers highlights the 2015 Geography of Hope Conference during Women’s History Month. The goal is to inspire a sense of urgency about conservation of the planet

Tahoe NF Employee Celebrates 50 Years with the U.S. Forest Service

Black and white photo of Patti Mahaffey and Smokey Bear standing on steps of a ranger station

Patti Mahaffey celebrated her 50th anniversary with the Tahoe National Forest on March 4th. Over 50 current and retired Tahoe employees gathered to celebrate her impressive career.

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